Archives and Collections Volunteers
Our collections volunteers are focused on our digitisation activities, both scanning original documents, photographs and negatives, and transcribing handwritten documents at home.
Public Engagement Volunteers
Our Programme Volunteers are the smiling face alongside our travelling exhibition. Using their communication skills and expert knowledge, they inform visitors about our industrial heritage to raise awareness of engineering stories past and present.
The Common Room cares about the skills development of all of our volunteers working across the project. We currently offer inhouse training to support our volunteers to develop their communication and confidence skills. There is also specific training around digitisation of archived material, public engagement and oral history.
Volunteer in the spotlight
Meet Alistair who is our longest-standing scanning volunteer. Having worked through our Tracts collection, Alistair is now scanning the journal run "Colliery Guardian" whilst the building is closed. He even took an evening class in image manipulation techniques to gain further skills to work with the collections!